Watford will be hoping to return to winning ways and secure a third consecutive away victory in the Premier League this afternoon when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City.

The Hornets’ four-game unbeaten start to the Premier League season was brought to an end last week against Manchester City, as they were hit for six by Pep Guardiola’s team of all-stars, a result which dropped Marco Silva’s men down to 11th place in the table.

Swansea, meanwhile, have endured a steady but unremarkable start to the campaign, picking up five points from their first five games, although they did hold Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw at Wembley Stadium last weekend.

The Swans’ only win in the Premier League came against Crystal Palace at the end of last month, with goals from Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew securing a 2-0 win.

However, goal-scoring has been a problem for Paul Clement’s men so far, as they have failed to find the net in four of their five top-flight games this campaign.

Similarly to the Hornets prior to facing City, the Swans haven’t conceded too many either, so the game could be a low-scoring affair.

The Hornets will again be without defenders Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul, both of whom are still recovering from their respective injuries.

For Swansea, Wilfried Bony could make his first league start since returning to the Liberty Stadium from Manchester City at the end of the transfer window.

Watford’s previous trip to the Liberty Stadium ended in a goalless draw last October, in a match which was Bob Bradley’s first home game as Swansea manager. He would be sacked just over two months later on December 27.

The last time both teams faced each other was in April at Vicarage Road and it was the Hornets who were victorious on that day, with Etienne Capoue’s strike just before half-time proving to be enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the Golden Boys. That result would be Walter Mazzarri’s last win as Watford head coach, as the Hornets went on to lose their last six games of the season.

Victory could propel the Hornets back into the top four if results go their way, although Marco Silva’s men could slip down to 15th should they taste defeat for just the second time in the league this season.